Thursday, November 17, 2022

November 17, 1935: Victim of a Habitual Offender

On November 17, 1935, Georgia Marie McGill, 21-year-old daughter of oil company superintendent George McGill, died in the city hospital from an apparent criminal abortion in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She had lingered for about a week before her death.

Marie's father identified Dr. W. R. Mitchell as the perpetrator. Mitchell was already a reputed abortionist, and police had already gotten many complaints about him prior to Marie's death. He was implicated in about half a dozen other abortion deaths, but I have been unable to get more details about those cases.

Mitchell was arrested and tried but the case ended with a hung jury. After the trial, Mitchell resumed his abortion business and was arrested again for his practice.

Marie's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician

Source: "Wynona Girl Dies," Osage County News, November 22, 1935

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